Anti-Bribery Management

ISO 37001

ISO 37001:2016 is the International Standard for Anti-Bribery Management Systems.

ISO 37001: Anti-Bribery Management Systems

What is ISO 37001?

ISO 37001 is a rare and very sought-after standard for anti-bribery management systems, and is recognised around the world as a marque of integrity and trust in business.

Think of this standard as the highest level of proof that your business is operating legitimately: uncorrupted and adhering to every commercial law that regulates anti-bribery. With this, organisations around the world can trust your brand, knowing that you are working to the highest standards set by UKAS, the globally recognised accreditation body.

The standard helps you to introduce and maintain specific measures that prevent, detect and address bribery across your organisation and your business activities.

This could include:

• Bribery activities conducted by your organisation
• Bribery activities conducted against your organisation

ISO 37001 certification is applicable to businesses of all sizes in any country, regardless of your industry, and can be easily integrated into an existing management system such as ISO 9001, ISO 22301, ISO 27001 or ISO 44001, using the Annex SL common structure. 

At NQA, we certify this standard globally, and pride ourselves on our accredited status with UKAS, especially when it comes to ISO 37001. 

Gaining ISO 37001 certification

There are only a few certification bodies like NQA that can actually award the Anti-Bribery Management Systems certification, such is the rigorous nature of the audit and pre-requisites placed on the business.

Whilst it may seem a challenge, it’s a challenge worth rising to, as having ISO 37001 certification puts your business one step closer to securing the next contract you pitch for.




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Helps you with

  • Anti-bribery policy
  • Anti-bribery compliance 
  • Risk assessments
  • Due diligence
  • Prosecution protection
  • Control mechanisms
  • Reporting and investigation procedures
  • Bribery of organisational personnel
  • Effective anti-bribery processes
  • Demonstrating compliance to relevant legislation such as the Bribery Act 2010

Benefits of ISO 37001 Certification

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Legal compliance

Understand how statutory and regulatory requirements impact your organization and its customers.

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Business continuity

Avoid downtime with management of risk, legal compliance and vigilance of future security issues and concerns.

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Be prepared

Reduce the risk of bribery occurring in your organization or against your organization and/or employees.

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Business resilience

Avoid downtime and financial losses with effective management of risk, emergency preparedness and contingency planning.

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Cuts investigation time to a minimum

The management system helps you to reduce food safety breach investigation time.

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Consistent quality approach

Common approach in the supply chain for supplier or subcontractor development, driving consistency, competence and control.

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Enhanced credibility and recognition

The statement is a publication of environmental information, whose accuracy and reliability has been independently checked, providing enhanced credibility and recognition.

Is ISO 37001 certification right for me?

The implementation of ISO 37001 involves:

  • Anti-bribery policy
  • Anti-bribery compliance and control person
  • Risk assessments
  • Due diligence
  • Control mechanisms
  • Reporting and investigation procedures
If you are interested in understanding how NQA can assist you in gaining UKAS accredited certification against ISO 37001, please contact our Business Development Advisors.

How NQA can help you

NQA is truly focused on working in partnership with its customers to drive improvement and business benefit. 

Technical committees and industry relationships.
NQA is highly involved in a wide variety of industry committees and standards writing teams, helping us to maintain a keen awareness of changes within the industry.

Achieving certification to ISO 37001 is a challenge to any business, because it is not a typical management system. By the nature of adhering to anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, meeting the needs of this standard are exceptionally high, and only a handful of accredited assessors are qualified to audit ISO 37001.

Contact the team to learn more. 

Steps to Certification

  1. Step 1

    Complete a Quote Request Form so that we can understand your company and requirements. You can do this by completing either the online quick quote or the online formal quote request form. We will use this information to accurately define your scope of assessment and provide you with a proposal for certification.

  2. Step 2

    Once you’ve agreed your proposal, we will contact you to book your assessment with an NQA Assessor. This assessment consists of two mandatory visits that form the Initial Certification Audit. Please note that you must be able to demonstrate that your management system has been fully operational for a minimum of three months and has been subject to a management review and full cycle of internal audits.

  3. Step 3

    Following a successful two stage audit, a certification decision is made and if positive, then certification to the required standard is issued by NQA. You will receive both a hard and soft copy of the certificate. Certification is valid for three years and is maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit.

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